Dr Ece Algan
Dr. Algan is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries.
Her scholarly interests range widely, from global communication, social change, local and community media to social movements, modernity, media ethnography and audiences. She has taught in the areas of Media and Culture, Media Audiences, Global Media Studies, Gender, Media and the Middle East, Media and Globalisation in the Middle East. She has conducted longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork research on local radio, emerging communication technologies and youth for over a decade in Southeast Turkey.
Dr. Algan received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University in 2003 and previously taught at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus, the University of Iowa and California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB). During her tenure at CSUSB, she served as an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. Her work has been published in several media and communication journals and edited collections, and earned many awards, including a Top Paper Award at 2011 NCA, Top Faculty Paper Award at the Global Fusion 2009 Conference and the James E. Murphy Best Faculty Paper Award in 2003.
Current research and collaborations
Dr. Algan is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Accessing the Center, Surviving the Periphery: Youth, Communication Technologies and Social Change in Turkey, that explores the politics of old and new media convergence, use and participation among youth in the more conservative, ethnically diverse (mostly Kurdish and Arabic populations), and economically marginalized Southeast region of Turkey. Based on her longitudinal ethnographic fieldwork there, the book examines the tensions among transnational media, local traditions, and modern urban life while mapping the ways in which young people living in the periphery access, learn and use various digital media and communication technologies when negotiating these tensions.
Interests and activities
Dr. Algan serves on editorial and advisory boards of Journal of International Communication, Global Media Journal's Mediterranean Edition, Open Cultural Studies and Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies. See her blog and tweets.